Diva Draft 2010: Michelle McCool to Raw

Welcome to the third annual edition of our Diva Draft feature here at Diva Dirt! If you haven’t been with us over the last couple of years, the premise is simple — each year, I make six predictions/suggestions over six consecutive days in the lead up to the WWE Draft which this year falls on Monday, April 26th. In previous years, I have successfully managed to predict some of the movies; in 2008, I predicted both draft picks and in 2009, four of my six predictions came true with a fifth later being realised in the Diva Trade of October 2009. So, let’s hope this year will be just as fruitful. Check back for all six of my picks over the coming week!


The current reigning Women’s Champion, Michelle McCool has spent her entire career as part of the SmackDown part and has been a big hand in helping develop the now extremely strong women’s division on the blue brand. As one of the pioneering Divas of said women’s division, Michelle has spent most of the past two years feuding with the likes of Victoria, Natalya, Maryse, Maria, Melina, Mickie James and currently Beth Phoenix. Michelle is a woman that is on top of her game and putting her on Raw could be just what Michelle needs to truly make her mark in WWE history.

Already, she has made history as the first ever Divas Champion, the first woman to hold both belts yadda yadda yadda, but she’s never been on Raw where some of the most historic Divas like Trish Stratus and Lita left their mark. Michelle is one of those few talents that has accomplished so much on her native brand that you need to shift her over to the [so called] ‘A show’ at some point, ala Rey Mysterio. This is the show that WWE considers the home of its big Superstars and Divas and it seems as though Michelle is ready to make the move.

As a viewer, Michelle’s presence on Raw could be a big plus. In my opinion, she is one of the most consistent workers on the Divas roster, turning in great matches — particularly on pay per view — which like Raw, are live. Her presence on Raw could help us get out of the rut of having inexperienced Divas in two minute matches for fear of them messing up a move live on television.

Whether or not she brings her Women’s Championship with her is another question, though I would suggest it’s too soon since last year’s title switch to now switch them back. I’d have McCool drop the belt to Beth Phoenix at Sunday’s Extreme Rules before moving over to Raw where she could begin challenging Eve Torres for the Divas Championship. We know she has great chemistry with Maryse also which should create an interesting dynamic — perhaps you could have all three Divas feuding for the belt. And the allure of revisiting the Michelle-Melina feud upon the latter’s return in the summer is just too hard to resist.

It seems like it is Michelle’s time to make the move to Raw and see how the other half live. But will she bring her Team Lay-Cool partner with her? Will Layla be one of my other five picks? Find out soon!

Check back tomorrow for pick #2

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  • Litaker61

    I can really see this move happening. Michelle will likely drop the title on sunday and end up on Raw. Not sure whether thats a good idea considering she may end up with 2 minute matches and gimmick matches all the time which would be a complete waste of talent. On the other hand putting her on the A show should help her get more heat off the crowd. Fingers crossed Layla moves too, they cant split LayCool this early.

  • http://twitter.com/memosoto gmosoto

    i think maryse, jillian and katie are going to SD
    and Michelle and Natalya are going to RAW

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/womenofwrestling leeburton

    McCool will only be moving to Raw when Undertaker does the same. I won’t hold my breath.

    Besides, McCool sucks without Layla – she’s so vanilla and is possibly the most unsexy diva on the roster.

  • http://twitter.com/memosoto gmosoto

    as far Team Laycool means, remember that was team Mccool-Fox first, then was layla.. so if michelle moves to Raw she would do just fine with Alicia

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VisionOfPerfect1990 Toby

    You know this could either be a good thing or a bad thing. WWE seems to be EXTREMELY high on Michelle McCool so with a move to RAW maybe they could give more help to the RAW divas division and help it flourish like Smackdown has the past few years. It seems lately all the big feuds in the divas division involves Michelle so it seems creative cares enough to give her good feuds and matches. Although I do think she is a blue branded girl and maybe stay that way. Like Torrie Wilson who clearly was best on Smackdown and her move to RAW wasn’t very successful. But with Michelle on RAW it will give her the opportunity to grow even more popular in the WWE. Whatever brand she goes on I’m sure she’ll be well treated.

  • http://www.myspace.com/babygrl6393 suebenden8

    I am not sure how I would feel about Michelle McCool being traded to raw. I am just afraid that she will be put in gimmick and one minute matches. But who knows maybe things will change after the draft. I can always be optimistic…But I do have a feeling that Michelle will loose the title to beth this Sunday and she will be traded on Monday. I can just see that happening.

  • keyanna22

    Honestly Michelle shouldve been drafted to Raw a long time ago. I don’t think she will be leaving smackdown anytime soon this is one draft pick I’m 100% sure about.

  • Gail Kim #1

    I hope for:

    > SD!:

    Gail Kim
    Kelly Kelly (or Savannah IF SHES ALLOWED to move)

    > RAW:

    Tiffany (If McIntyre is drafted aswell, as they’re dating, they like to be on the same sshow, right?)

  • xxChristinaxx

    I think Michelle should stay on SM. If Michelle loose her title than maybe she would go to RAW, but if she keep the women’s title than Eve would go back to SM. But Vince is so high on Eve she would probably stay on RAW.

    But I really hope that Michelle stay on SM.

  • keyanna22

    Mickie to Raw
    Rosa to Smackdown
    Natayla to Raw
    Kelly to Smackdown

  • Zephyr5326

    This is one pick I strongly agree with, although there is still a lot of scope for Michelle on Smackdown, including being given the time to fued with Layla on Smackdown, something I doubt we’d see on RAW. Still I think she’ll lose her title at Extreme Rules, or possibly even on draft night.

    My idea for that would be for Eve to win a Diva Battle Royal and get Michelle drafted to RAW; she then complains she’s no longer with Layla or Vickie, so then Teddy Long says if she defends her title against Beth, she’ll go back to Smackdown, if not she loses the title and Beth gets a pick. Beth would then win, drafting Gail or Maryse to Smackdown. I’d love it to happen, but at the same time, I like Michelle where she is. In my eyes, it’s a Win/Win situation wherever Michelle goes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=726354725 Evan

    I think moving Michelle to Raw could only mean good things.. But they probably won’t because of the Undertaker situation, I read that he wants to take a break so I guess there’s still a possibility. But then again didn’t he just return? Maybe he already took his break.. Idk, maybe he’ll get drafted to Raw too who knows..

    Anyhow I hope that Tiffany, Michelle & Layla go to Raw and Gail, Jillian & Rosa go to SmackDown. :D

  • JuicyJuiceBox

    Wow, really good job with that graphic Melanie and co. I almost thought the Draft had happened and somehow I’d been living under a rock or some time warp had happened.

    If this prediction does occur and I’m not going to make a judgment call because I really see no point anymore (pessimism has sunk it), it would also aid in putting an end to LayCool. Assuming of course that you guys are predicting they wind up on different shows.

  • theregoeskitty

    if Michelle loses the title at extreme rules i could see her going to Raw, but at the same time i think she may stay on SD after all she is kinda the center of the Divas there

    i was going to do a prediction thing but the Raw Divas division is such a hot mess i couldn’t decide who i would want to go to Smackdown, but i hope Katie moves to SD

  • karl

    I have Michelle moving to raw in my perdictions as well :)

    I think Michelle is the only diva that casual wrestling fans will care about moving and as wwe raw usally shows at least one diva trade on the show im perdicting it will be her.
    I actually think she will still have the title by monday and im also perdicting that eve will be traded to smackdown.

    Id be happy with Michelle on raw but that is only if Layla is with her and if my other perdictions come true, I dont really want to see her fighting Mickie or Beth anymore so i guess it depends who would be joining her on raw.

  • Goodnightddtmnm

    I think Michelle to Raw would be a perfect move! She is already great in the ring , what more is it then to see her wrestle live….Michelle could probably bring some Fire to the Raw divas lord knows they need it…

  • LaceyVonErichFan

    Michelle is by far going to RAW without the belt which she will lose by beth anyway it still didnt happen but congrats Beth P. For Becominqq 3 Time Womens Championn ;] *LOL i cant wait to say tht this sundayy*

  • THETommyTommy

    I’m thinking Michelle, Layla and Natalya to Raw. Katie, Gail and Kelly to Smackdown.

  • Kaledrina

    if she does move, i’d like to see her leave layla behind. michelle isn’t that great without layla but i feel as if layla is being held back by being with michelle.

    and if she doesn’t move, or does but with her title, i’ll fully expect her to be feuding with a returning melina.

  • THETommyTommy

    Anyone notice that even Smackdown’s jobber Layla scores wins?

  • LaceyVonErichFan

    Hm i just remembered if Michelle leaves layla behind she will team up with Alicia Fox Once Again , Hope not because alicia and layla have better things to do on achieving to make something of themselves in WWE not just the diva who managed McCool.

  • TheHartDynasty

    Do i really see this move happining possibly do i want it to happen HELL NO, sorry but if Michelle does get moved to Raw her wrestling like the other divas before her will take a back seat to this guest host gimmick. Just because Michelle will possibly be moved over there doesn’t mean they(the writers) are going to change the name of the game and make the diva segments last 5-10 minutes like they have on Smackdown with McCool. I don’t want to see McCool moved because it will basically just limit her on her wrestling skills. Sadly though i see McCool moving to Raw, As well as Natalya with her Hart Dynasty crew and then in a shocker i see Kelly Kelly moving to Smackdown in the biggest shock yet….

  • TheHartDynasty

    My predictions
    Kelly Kelly=Smackdown
    Jillian= Smackdown

  • TheHartDynasty


  • redxx

    i think that would be better to see on

    gail kim turning heel
    katie lea heel
    tiffany face
    jillian turning face
    savannah heel
    beth womens champ face
    serena heel
    michelle mccool heel
    layla face

    eve divas champ face
    maryse heel
    alicia fox heel
    rosa heel
    kelly kelly face
    melina face
    micki james face
    natalya face

    gail feuding w/ beth or the championship
    and maryse winning back the championship then feuding with natalya
    michelle would take a long break the katie lea feuding with beth for the title
    & jilian feuding with katie lea & then michelle returning & feuding with jillian

    would be great